Public Information Officer Type 1, PIO1
- Acquires regional/national media directories, and NIFC National IOF directory.
- Ensures the safety and welfare of assigned personnel during the entire period of supervision.
- Maintains positive interpersonal relationships. Employs good listening/responding skills with co-workers, incident personnel, media, and public.
- Employs conflict resolution skills to resolve problems within incident staff or with outside interests.
- Contacts agency Public Affairs Officer and/or established information center(s) by telephone to determine the following: Level of public/media interest in incident; and, amount of media on scene.
- Establishes contact with incident management team to obtain initial information and review available documentation.
- Develops policy with Incident Commander (IC), incident management team members, Agency Administrator, Agency Public Affairs Officer, and/or incident investigators regarding information gathering and dissemination.
- Develops and receives IC’s approval of a comprehensive, proactive communications strategy that reflects both immediate and long term goals.
- Submits orders to meet immediate and long term needs for center and field operations.
- Prepares/approves a fact sheet/news release to address basic incident facts (address who, what, when, where, and why.) Update on a regular basis.
- Initiates contact with and respond to inquiries from media.
- Participates in briefings, meetings, and special sessions as a member of the Incident Management Team.
- Conducts information staff briefings on a regular basis.
- Briefs information personnel on incident specific hazards and safety procedures.
- Establishes/supervises information center.
- Establishes/supervises field information function.
- In cooperation with jurisdictional agency, establishes/supervises community relations function.
- Establishes/supervises procedures for distributing information to incident personnel, and cooperating and participating agencies (local, regional, national).
- In coordination with jurisdictional agency, develops and/or approves messages for incorporation into routine incident information.
- In consultation with IC and Agency Administrator, develops strategy for informing/involving VIPs (elected officials, others).
- Responds to special situations within incident (e.g. fatalities).
- Determines and follows procedures for coordinating with other information functions (MAC group, area command, NIFC, local communications centers, cooperating agencies, other incidents).
- Completes, reviews, approves, and submits required ICS documentation and other reports requested by IC and Agency Administrator.
- Supervises subordinate IOFs.
- Prepares information personnel demobilization plan keyed to level of media and public interest, and information needs of incident personnel.
- Assists jurisdictional agency with preparation of a post incident information strategic plan.
Position Knowledge and/or Requirements
- Advanced Incident Management (S-520)
- Satisfactory performance as an IOF2
- Satisfactory position performance as an IOF1
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